Jada Pinkett Smith says last summer's reports of a split between her and husband Will Smith are, in a word, "ridiculous."
"Every year, one celebrity couple is under the microscope," Pinkett Smith told told the French-language magazine Gala, as excerpted in translation by People. "This year, unluckily, it's us! I almost want to say that we should have been expecting it."
Yes, they spent a lot of time apart while one or both travel for work, but that's nothing new. And they're certainly not living under separate roofs: "That's ridiculous. We've always lived together," she said.
"These rumors are completely untrue ... our lifestyle hasn't changed," she told the mag. "Before we had the kids, we were already far away from each other quite often because of separate projects."
Will and Jada had gone out of their way in August to rebut InTouch claims that they'd gone their separate ways, saying in a statement at the time, "Although we are reluctant to respond to these types of press reports, the rumors circulating about our relationship are completely false. We are still together, and our marriage is intact."
Also part of the scuttlebutt? Talk that Jada was somehow involved with "HawthoRNe" costar Marc Anthony, then recently separated from wife Jennifer Lopez. "We unequivocally deny this," Anthony's rep told People at the time. "Enough is enough. There are families involved, children involved, friendships involved. This is NOT true."
For now, after very public displays of togetherness last August in the days after the rumors bubbled up, Will and Jada are letting time do what time does, she told the French mag.
"Will and I know the truth," she said. "We're waiting peacefully for the storm to blow over."
— Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith share a moment during a game between the Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat in Philadelphia on March 16. Credit: Drew Hallowell / Getty Images